Genetic Test Can Predict Autism Risk
Researchers from Australia have developed a genetic test that can predict an individual’s risk of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The test will be particularly useful to detect autism in people whose families have a history of the developmental disorder.
ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently compared with other people, according to the CDC. ASDs are considered to be a “spectrum disorder” because the intensity of the disability varies from person to person. The researchers have been trying to find ways of detecting the syndrome as early as possible because early detection would help patients and their families have a better quality of life, although there is no cure for the syndrome.